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Jaguar Land Rover researches “Mood-detection Software”

Luke Wilkinson 2019-07-09 13:00

JLR claims its latest AI technology can adapt cabin settings according to the driver’s mood, in a bid to tackle stress behind the wheel

Jaguar Land Rover is currently researching new artificial intelligence technology that can interpret a driver’s mood and adapt the cabin settings to improve his or her wellbeing. The system forms part of JLR’s “tranquil sanctuary” vision, which aims to improve the overall driving experience, ultimately alleviating stress behind the wheel.

The British firm’s latest technology uses a driver-facing camera, facial recognition software and biometric sensing to monitor and evaluate the driver’s state of mind. Depending on their mood, the system will then adjust a host of cabin settings, (including heating, ventilation, climate control, media and ambient lighting), to help maintain a pleasant atmosphere.

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Adjustments could include changing the interior lighting to calming colours should the system detect the driver is under stress, or lowering the cabin temperature and selecting the driver’s favourite playlist should it detect signs of tiredness.

JLR claims the system will continually adapt to nuances in the driver’s facial expressions, essentially teaching itself to “read” their mood. It will also learn the driver’s preference in cabin settings, making increasingly tailored adjustments based on its observations.

The British brand is also trialling a similar system for rear-seat passengers, with a camera mounted in the front headrests. It will be able to dim the lights, tint the windows and increase the temperature for the rear cabin when it detects signs of drowsiness, to help passengers get to sleep.

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